The Santa Fe Fire Department Hazardous Materials Response Team consists of 15 specially trained members and is lead by a Battalion Chief. The purpose of the team is to provide a well trained and equipped team to respond to incidents involving chemicals, fuels, potential biological agents, unknown materials and radioactive materials.
In addition to their regular fire and EMS training Hazmat team members undergo additional training in basic chemistry, identifying unknown materials, weapons of mass destruction, transportation incidents, monitoring radioactive materials and additional advanced subjects. Following their initial training members must maintain 24 hours of hazardous materials training per year. The team meets at least once a month to train as a group and members have the opportunity for additional training from outside the department.
The Hazmat team utilizes specialized meters, protective suits, equipment, computer/mapping programs and skills in protecting the citizens of Santa Fe from the accidental or intentional release of materials that may be dangerous to life and health.